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Questions about Reiki?

If you've never looked into Reiki or had a treatment, you may have questions about the process. Here are questions that people commonly ask when they are doing their research. Don't see your question? Reach out! I'm happy to go over anything you might be curious about or any concerns you may have.



What is Reiki?

In this image there are hands placed above the crown of a man who is laying down for a Reiki treatment.

Reiki is originally a Japanese spiritual practice. Reiki can be translated as rei, which means "God's wisdom," "Higher Power," or "universal," and ki which is "life force energy." Reiki is primarily known in the West for its healing technique involving "the laying on of hands" to promote relaxation, stress reduction, and healing.


Believing that an energy or life force flows in all of us, practitioners act as a channel for Reiki to flow into another who might be experiencing "low life force energy." The reasons for this low energy can vary from person to person. However, no matter the reason, when our energy is low, we are more likely to feel the effects of stress, become ill, and so on. By allowing Reiki to flow into us, we boost our energy and are more capable of feeling at peace, happy, and healthy. Reiki healing aims at promoting harmony and wholeness and, by doing so, is capable of affecting a person on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.


Is Reiki a religion or a religious thing?


No, Reiki is not a religion. You can receive Reiki treatments no matter your religious affiliation. Practitioners come from various faiths and religious backgrounds to follow the spiritual path of Reiki.

Reiki is spiritual in nature, though. It involves the healing practice that most people associate with it. Still, the other Aspects of a Reiki practice are equally as important and focus on personal development, spiritual discipline, and connection.


How is a Reiki treatment given?

Truth be told, there is no "right way" of giving a Reiki treatment. Part of this is because of the difference between eastern and western Reiki, how the practice has changed over time, and how each practitioner can adapt their approach to how they feel it should be.


The core of the treatment will be the same, no matter which practitioner you work with. Still, treatment-specific details will depend on several factors: your needs, the master who taught the practitioner, and anything the practitioner has added to their treatment style along the way.

Generally, a client will remain clothed and lay down on a table (a massage table is typical) but can sit in a chair or even stand. The practitioner, acting as a channel for the Reiki energy to flow from the source to the client, will either place their hands on or hold them just above a series of locations on the client's body. Many practitioners have incorporated the chakra system and will focus on the seven major chakras; others will use the "traditional positions" initially introduced by Mikao Usui, which focus primarily on the head, shoulders, stomach, and feet. Each position is typically held for three to ten minutes, depending on the client's needs and the practitioner's attunement level.

Can I replace my medications, doctor's appointments, therapists, etc., with regular Reiki treatments?

Absolutely not. Reiki energy will always act on us in a way that is for our highest and greatest good, but we don't always personally know what that is. It is best to allow Reiki to work with whatever other forms of treatment you are receiving and support your goals. It is never advisable to seek Reiki as a substitute for anything else regarding your health and well-being. If the reasons for your medications, appointments, and so on seem to improve, you can certainly talk to the licensed professional overseeing the situation regarding altering their course of action or treatment plan.

Does a Reiki treatment have any side effects?

Typically no. Clients usually feel relaxed when the service ends; some say they feel energized, uplifted, optimistic, or just good. However, sometimes a client might experience a headache, stomach ache, or feel weak, which can happen if the treatment releases stored toxins. In this case, the client needs to drink a lot of water, eat clean meals, and get good rest during the week. The body is processing and needs that support.

How much does a typical treatment cost?

That can vary depending on a few variables. Primarily where you live, and the practitioner's level of training will factor into the price of the service. It could range anywhere from a suggested donation or bartering for a meal to $300. You can see my prices here. (As a Reiki Master Practitioner/Master Teacher, I should probably charge more, but I try to stay toward the lower end of the local price range to keep it affordable and accessible for more people. If you have difficulties paying the prices shown but still would like a treatment, please let me know, and we can work something out.)


Isn't this all a little… woo woo? Or just the placebo effect?


It very well could be, by scientific standards. (Even though science is "discovering" more and more each day, that only confirms what spiritual practices have been saying for thousands of years.)


The problem is that the scientific method doesn't work for anything outside the physical world. So using the scientific method to say these things are all hocus pocus is like complaining that you can't make a grilled cheese out of a swimming pool. It just doesn't make sense.

As for placebo (which coincidentally has been shown to have no scientific basis either), who can say? Ultimately, millions of people worldwide have experienced a Reiki treatment and reported its healing and rejuvenating effects, so I'm not sure that is even the right question to ask.


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